Nowadays the average music listener probably hovers around 2, maybe 3 genres. And thanks to the radio, be it good or bad, they probably believe rock n’ roll died in the 80′s with Classic Rock. Making a strong case against that is Black Label Society, who will be in town on August 1st at Emo’s with their California cohorts Wovenwar and Kyng.
Kyng is a stacked 3 piece coming from Los Angeles. After they broke onto the scene in 2011 they have gone on to share the stage with numerous big acts such as The Sword, Trivium, and Megadeath. Kyng are currently touring their 2nd full-length, Burn The Serum, which they describe as, “a balance of heavy riffing and these big melodic vocals. You can’t quite put your finger on it. It’s just what Kyng does.” Sounds pretty metal to us.
Hailing from San Diego, Wovenwar is, how can we put this lightly, As I Lay Dying without their bat-shit crazy ex-vocalist Tim Lambesis. Instead, they’ve taken the high road and recruited former vocalist/guitarist of Oh, Sleeper, Shane Blay. With a self-titled debut set to drop on August 5th, the band is touring to generate some buzz. And considering it is being produced by Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, The Descendents) and mixed by Colin Richardson (Slipknot, Trivium), people are excited.
Zakk Wylde is known worldwide as one of the greatest shredders of all-time. Having filled the void for Ozzy Osbourne, after he struggled to replace the great Randy Rhoads, Wylde has gone from success to success in his career, and Black Label Society is no exception. The band is touring the release of April’s Catacombs of the Black Vatican, their 10th studio album, a feat in and of itself.
In an April interview with New Jersey’s The Aquarian, Wylde reiterated, “whenever we’re playing a festival in front of 120,000 people, yeah, that’s definitely a rush…but [when] we get on stage and there’s 300 people in a packed club, dude, that’s still a rush too. I still love the whole thing.” It’s this kind of passion you won’t want to miss.